Army, IGNOU ink MoU to grant degrees to soldiers
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Last Updated: Friday, September 04, 2009, 21:26
New Delhi: Indian Army and IGNOU today signed an MoU to grant degrees to soldiers, with the aim of providing a second career option to them.

"We have signed the MoU by which we will ensure that all army men who retire from now onwards have graduation degrees, which will enable them to go for a second career and also enhance the amount of workforce in the country," Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor told reporters after the signing of the MoU.

The project named 'Gyandeep', will help to confer a graduation degree to soldiers who join the force just after school. Based on US' community college system, the project is expected to benefit the 1.2 million soldiers in the Army.

The MoU was signed by Army's Adjutant General Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal and IGNOU Vice Chancellor Professor V N Rajasekharan Pillai in the presence of the Army Chief at South Block today.

Under the project, soldiers would be provided with bachelors degrees in arts, commerce, management and various other disciplines, which will be market driven and help them to secure jobs for the jawans.

Under the new arrangement, IGNOU will register Army's regimental training centres and schools as 'community colleges'. The Army-IGNOU Community Colleges will continue functioning as autonomous bodies conducting examinations and their courses.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 04, 2009, 21:26

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